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ON THIS DAY – March 26, 1955

Father J. Daly, who returned on the 25th of March 1955, to Trafalgar from Melbourne, said he was horrified at the snatching of the body of his former housekeeper, 73-year-old Miss Catherine Counsel from her Trafalgar Cemetery grave. “This ls something you would have expected to happen about 100 years ago, but not today. Miss Counsel was a gentle, fine lady and this is a shocking thing,” he added. Miss Counsel’s body was found a week later in scrub a short distance from Yallourn. Police are convinced the body was taken from the coffin only two or three days after burial, and possibly the same night. Three homicide detectives will visit towns within a 50-mlle radius of Trafalgar in the hope of gaining a definite clue to the body snatcher.

 

 

On this day …….. 4th of January 1938

A Mysterious cases which had not been opened for more than 30 years, u covered a skull, a shroud— foul play. These were the macabre finds and the thought that followed of the secretary of the Ararat Mechanics Institute (Mr. G. Hansford), when he was rummaging among old lumber from one of the lower rooms of the institute. An old case believed to have been locked for more than 30 years was opened. Inside was a 4ft. coffin which contained a skull with a false white beard a foot long. The skull was at the end of an imitation of a corpse. As news of the ‘ghost’ spread hundreds visited the institute, but none was able to explain the mystery. It is thought that the coffin, skull and shroud were used in mysteries of some society in the early days.